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Mala Punica, Pedro Memelsdorff - Matteo da Perugia: Helas Avril (2000) {Erato}

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Mala Punica, Pedro Memelsdorff - Matteo da Perugia: Helas Avril (2000) {Erato}

Mala Punica, Pedro Memelsdorff - Matteo da Perugia: Helas Avril (2000) {Erato}
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Genre: Classical, Medieval

Matteo da Perugia (fl. 1400–1416) was a Medieval Italian composer, presumably from Perugia. From 1402 to 1407 he was the first magister cappellae of the Milan Cathedral his duties included being cantor and teaching three boys selected by the Cathedral deputies. Mala Punica is an early music ensemble led by Pedro Memelsdorff.

Hildegard von Bingen - Celestial Stairs - Ensemble für frühe Musik Augsburg (1997) {Christophorus CHR77205}

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Hildegard von Bingen - Celestial Stairs - Ensemble für frühe Musik Augsburg (1997) {Christophorus CHR77205}

Hildegard von Bingen - Celestial Stairs - Ensemble für frühe Musik Augsburg (1997) {Christophorus CHR77205}
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© 1997 Christophorus | CHR 7720
Classical / Medieval

I have a lot of Hildegard in my collection this cd would have to be the most satisfying offering on the market. It combines a mixture of female and male voices and instrumentals, all executed with artistic ingenuity and subtlety. Forget Sequentia, Synfonie, Oxford Camerata….the Ensemble fur fruhe musick augsburg knows how to interpret Hildegard the best. Their earlier foray "Hildegard und Ihre Zeit" was only a taste of what was to come. You can't go wrong in buying this cd.' Highly recommended.

Schola Hungarica & Matthias Ank - Das Gänsebuch: German Medieval Chant (2005) {Naxos 8.557412}

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Schola Hungarica & Matthias Ank - Das Gänsebuch: German Medieval Chant (2005) {Naxos 8.557412}

Schola Hungarica & Matthias Ank - Das Gänsebuch: German Medieval Chant (2005) {Naxos 8.557412}
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© 2005 Naxos | 8.557412
Classical / Medieval / Renaissance / Organ / Sacred / Vocals

I admit it was the cover that got my attention–first, the title, referring to an 1120-page manuscript collection containing the only existing original copies of pre-Reformation liturgical music from Nuremburg; second, the illustration, an illumination from the collection that depicts a wolf directing a choir of geese singing from a large music book, a hungry-looking fox sitting on hind-quarters just behind the choir. Upon listening to the music, I was reassured that there was more to appreciate here than the intriguing, colorful illustration and charming title.

The Hilliard Ensemble - John Casken: The Dream of the Rood (2019)

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The Hilliard Ensemble - John Casken: The Dream of the Rood (2019)

The Hilliard Ensemble - John Casken: The Dream of the Rood (2019)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 50:19 | 239 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: NMC | Catalog: NMCD245

The Hilliard Ensemble disbanded in 2014, but recordings continue to trickle out to the delight of the group's fans. This one, made in the Netherlands in October of that year, must be among the last ones. It features a setting, written for the group in 2008 by composer John Casken, of the mysterious medieval English poem The Dream of the Rood. A rood is a cross on a large beam or screen (the word "rod" is related). The poem not only relates the narrator's dream of talking to the cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified but also (you may want to sit down for this) the dreams of the wood in the cross itself.

The Hilliard Ensemble - A Hilliard Songbook: New Music For Voices (2000)

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The Hilliard Ensemble - A Hilliard Songbook: New Music For Voices (2000)

The Hilliard Ensemble - A Hilliard Songbook: New Music For Voices (2000)
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Genre: Classical | Label: ECM New Series

This recording represents a wide and diverse repertoire. The virtuosic singing of this male quartet will just blow you away. The vocal style has that distinctly renaissance sound to it, yet put with this modern repertoire the juxtaposition is just wonderful. As previous reviewers have mentioned there are very good liner notes, and much of the material has been written specifically for this ensemble and can be found nowhere else.

The Dowland Project, John Potter - Romaria (2008)

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The Dowland Project, John Potter - Romaria (2008)

The Dowland Project, John Potter - Romaria (2008)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 365 MB | 01:16:54
Genre: Classical, Jazz, Vocal | Label: ECM New Series

The Dowland Project, established by ECM's Manfred Eicher, would not please musical purists; in this installment, Romaria, it brings together an assortment of old and new instruments, including violin, viola, soprano saxophone, bass clarinet, tenor and bass recorders, Baroque guitar, and vihuela, performing music spanning nearly a millennium, most of it written before most of these instruments had been developed. The producer and performers may have deliberately chosen to ignore the principle of authentic performance practice, duplicating as closely as possible the sound of the music at the time it was created, but they are principled in the aesthetic decisions they have made.

VA - Early Music Masterpieces (2011)

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VA - Early Music Masterpieces (2011)

VA - Early Music Masterpieces (2011)
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Genre: Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi

The incomparable richness of medieval repertory in the harmonia mundi catalogue makes this compilation an indispensable reference for a first taste of music from the earliest times. In a programme lasting nearly two hours, listeners are guided from ancient Greek music to the first appearances of Gregorian chant, followed by an interlude with the music of the troubadours and the Carmina Burana. After this they can explore the inventions of the Ars Nova and Ars Subtilior, which will introduce them, finally, to the Franco-Flemish musical empire of the Renaissance. A unique itinerary, entirely devoted to thrilling discoveries and musical passions!

Ensemble Vocal Notre-Dame de Paris - Saint Louis: Chroniques et musiques du XIII siècle (2016) {Maîtrise Notre-Dame de Paris}

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Ensemble Vocal Notre-Dame de Paris - Saint Louis: Chroniques et musiques du XIII siècle (2016) {Maîtrise Notre-Dame de Paris}

Ensemble Vocal Notre-Dame de Paris - Saint Louis: Chroniques et musiques du XIII siècle (2016) {Maîtrise Notre-Dame de Paris}
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© 2016 Maîtrise Notre-Dame de Paris | MNSDP 006
Classical / Medieval / Early Music / 13th Century / Sacred Music

A good way of getting to know the legacy of St. Louis is to visit his chapel in Paris, full as it is of stained glass of the 13th century. On a bright day as we experienced two years ago, Saint Chapelle is glorious and one is reminded, as in the Chronicles of the Crusades by de Joinville that he was a truly loved and devout man who has become a saint. His feast day is on 25 August, the very day by chance, we visited the chapel which acts as his shrine. The glass glorifies the Crown of Thorns and the True Cross which St. Louis had purchased — although the chronicles indicate that the King of Constantinople gave them — from the Holy Land and which were placed in a reliquary. On this disc the sequence Regis et Pontificis (tr. 22) celebrates the event.

Paul Hillier, The Hilliard Ensemble - Dunstable: Motets (2005)

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Paul Hillier, The Hilliard Ensemble - Dunstable: Motets (2005)

Paul Hillier, The Hilliard Ensemble - Dunstable: Motets (2005)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 220 MB | 53:47
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Virgin Classics

These first reissues in Virgin Veritas’s new Hilliard Edition mark a belated tribute to one of the most enduring names of the early music scene, and the long-awaited return to the catalogue of some of its finest work. English music often has the knack of bringing out the best in The Hilliard Ensemble, so it is appropriate that three of the present batch of discs are devoted to the period when English music was at its most influential, the early- to mid-fifteenth century. Last year’s Gramophone Early Music Award, given to a recording of the music of John Dunstable by the Orlando Consort (Metronome, 2/96), was actually the second time the composer has been so honoured: The Hilliards’ disc won the award in 1984. Nearly 15 years on, it is more than worthy to stand alongside its successor.

The Hilliard Ensemble - Leonel Power, John Dunstable: Masses and Motets (2012)

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The Hilliard Ensemble - Leonel Power, John Dunstable: Masses and Motets (2012)

The Hilliard Ensemble - Leonel Power, John Dunstable: Masses and Motets (2012)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 443 MB | 01:46:07
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Virgin Classics

These first reissues in Virgin Veritas’s new Hilliard Edition mark a belated tribute to one of the most enduring names of the early music scene, and the long-awaited return to the catalogue of some of its finest work. English music often has the knack of bringing out the best in The Hilliard Ensemble, so it is appropriate that three of the present batch of discs are devoted to the period when English music was at its most influential, the early- to mid-fifteenth century. Last year’s Gramophone Early Music Award, given to a recording of the music of John Dunstable by the Orlando Consort (Metronome, 2/96), was actually the second time the composer has been so honoured: The Hilliards’ disc won the award in 1984. Nearly 15 years on, it is more than worthy to stand alongside its successor.

The Orlando Consort - Beneath the Northern Star: The Rise of English Polyphony, 1270-1430 (2017)

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The Orlando Consort - Beneath the Northern Star: The Rise of English Polyphony, 1270-1430 (2017)

The Orlando Consort - Beneath the Northern Star:
The Rise of English Polyphony, 1270-1430 (2017)

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Classical, Choral, Medieval | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68132 | Time: 01:12:13

This new album from The Orlando Consort charts the radical development of music between the late thirteenth and mid fifteenth centuries—the transition from what is at essence embellished chant to the extraordinary mathematical intricacies of experimental polyphony.

The Hilliard Ensemble - Guillaume de Machaut: Motets (2004)

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The Hilliard Ensemble - Guillaume de Machaut: Motets (2004)

The Hilliard Ensemble - Guillaume de Machaut: Motets (2004)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 331 MB | 01:02:26
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: ECM New Series

The motets of Guillaume de Machaut (1300-1377) are complicated works. Even casual listeners will notice that each of the three lines of music has its own text – one rapid and wordy, one moderate in speed, and one just a few words long. Musically they contain structural intricacies to which scholars devote pleasant lifetimes of research in old French libraries. Yet the interpretation of even music as arcane as this depends on the spirit of the age. Rationalists of earlier decades performed Machaut with rather harsh exactitude, seeking to clarify the subtle repetition schemes of Machaut's motets and polyphonic songs.

The Choir of Westminster Abbey, James O'Donnell, Robert Quinney - A Christmas Caroll From Westminster Abbey (2008)

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The Choir of Westminster Abbey, James O'Donnell, Robert Quinney - A Christmas Caroll From Westminster Abbey (2008)

A Christmas Caroll From Westminster Abbey (2008)
The Choir of Westminster Abbey, conducted by James O'Donnell; Robert Quinney, organ

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Classical, Choral, Sacred, Christmas | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67716 | 01:03:34

This seasonal offering from The Choir of Westminster Abbey presents a delightful and unusual selection of music for Christmas. It encompasses many of the diverse themes of Christmas which have inspired composers across the ages: light shining in darkness; the tenderness of mother and child; the fulfilment of promise; and the warm merriment of corporate celebration. An excellent selection of contemporary carols features the composers Jonathan Dove and Bob Chilcott among others. The richness of twentieth-century church music is illustrated in works by Poulenc, Walton, Mathias and Leighton, and by the heartbreakingly lovely piece The little road to Bethlehem by Michael Head. Skilful arrangements of the traditional carols Silent night, In dulci jubilo and I saw three ships, complete this attractive seasonal release.

Oswald von Wolkenstein - Play It Again, Oswald - Marcello Fera & Opas Diandl (2013) {Schloss Tirol}

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Oswald von Wolkenstein - Play It Again, Oswald - Marcello Fera & Opas Diandl (2013) {Schloss Tirol}

Oswald von Wolkenstein - Play It Again, Oswald - Marcello Fera & Opas Diandl (2013) {Schloss Tirol}
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© 2013 Schloss Tirol | [none]
Classical / Medieval

Oswald von Wolkenstein was a German composer whose music bridged the Medieval and Renaissance eras; the last of the poet-musician knights whose monophonic music explored the ideal of courtly love, he also wrote polyphonic music in more contemporary forms. As noble "von" indicates, Oswald was from a knightly family of the Villanders line. The surname "von Wolkenstein" comes from the name of their property of Wolkenstein in Groednertal, South Tyrol (a mountainous Austrian province that was taken by Italy in World War II). As he was of high birth, there is some information available about his life; key events were written in family archives. Still, as is the norm with composers of the day, there are numerous gaps that can be filled in only imperfectly by extrapolation from his works.

Guillaume de Machaut - Les Motets - Ensemble Musica Nova (2011) {2CD Set Aeon AECD1108 rec 2002}

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Guillaume de Machaut - Les Motets - Ensemble Musica Nova (2011) {2CD Set Aeon AECD1108 rec 2002}

Guillaume de Machaut - Les Motets - Ensemble Musica Nova (2011) {2CD Set Aeon AECD1108 rec 2002}
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© 2002, 2011 Aeon | AECD 1108
Classical / Medieval / Early Music / 4th Century

Complete Motets of Machaut (re-release) Since the beauty, richness and diversity of such an oeuvre made it impossible to choose amongst the 23 motets by the Canon of Reims, the Musica Nova ensemble decided to embark on the adventure of a complete recording. Two years of work and research were necessary for putting this programme together, as the musicians strove for an in-depth approach to each motet in terms of both style and an instrumentation made possible by the very structure of the ensemble. This disc, which had a resounding critical success when first released, offers the first complete translation in modern French of Guillaume de Machaut's motets. An indispensable set!